Coach Eliah Drinkwitz of Appalachian State announced his final two coaching assistants on Friday.
Drinkwitz added Garrett Riley as an offensive assistant and Anwar Stewart as a defensive assistant.
The moves fill out the final two openings of his first Mountaineers coaching staff.
Riley is the younger brother of Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley, who’s led the Sooners program since 2017.
Stewart had a 13-season career in the Canadian Football League.
Garrett Riley last coached tight ends and fullbacks at Kansas. Starting there in 2016, he worked under former Jayhawks coach David Beaty.
Beaty wasn’t retained as Kansas’ head coach and was replaced my Les Miles, resulting in assistant turnover.
During his short career, Riley has also coached running backs, wide receivers and quarterbacks.
Riley hopped into coaching at a young age. After finish his playing career following the 2010 season — he spent two seasons as a quarterback at Texas Tech (2008 to 2009) and one at Stephen F. Austin — he started with Roosevelt High School in Lubbock as an assistant working with quarterbacks and the passing game in 2011.
He then found a running backs coach position at Augustana College in Illinois the next season. From there, he latched on with East Carolina where he briefly linked up with Lincoln Riley.
For the 2013 and 2014 seasons, Garrett Riley was an offensive assistant that worked with quarterbacks, as well as the defensive scout team. The next season, Lincoln Riley joined the Oklahoma coaching staff. Garrett Riley became the outside wide receivers coach for 2015.
Stewart spent 11 of his 13 CFL seasons with the Montreal Alouettes. A Kentucky alumnus, Stewart won the CFL’s most outstanding defensive player of the year award twice (in 2004 and 2009). He was also part of four Grey Cup-winning teams. Stewart was a student assistant for Kentucky during the 2017 season, previously coaching with the Alouettes.
He replaces Buddy Wyatt, who was Drinkwitz’s initial hire for defensive line coach.
Three of Drinkwitz’s initial App State hires have left Boone for other jobs. Ken Dorsey, Drinkwitz’s first outside addition, took a quarterbacks coach position with the Buffalo Bills. Junior Adams, who was expected to work with wide receivers, joined the Washington staff. And Wyatt took the same position at Kansas State.
“I think the thing that’s really unique about Appalachian State is the head coaching stability here,” Drinkwitz said last week during National Signing Day. “But assistant coaching stability is very uncommon in college football now.”
Drinkwitz’s staff retained four assistants from the previous coaching regime of Scott Satterfield — offensive line coach Shawn Clark, offensive assistant Justin Watts, and defensive assistants D.J. Smith and Greg Gasparato. Riley and Stewart join the four other outside hires: special teams coordinator Erik Link, defensive coordinator Ted Roof, offensive assistant Pat Washington and defensive assistant Charlie Harbison.